Facilitating cooperation among Georgia’s smallholders is in the focus of EU’s 52 mln Euro ENPARD project, of which ISET is a (small) part. An evaluation effort, coordinated by the ISET Policy Institute, has uncovered some interesting facts and figures.
Implemented by four NGO coalitions since January 2014, in its first year ENPARD supported 82 coops, including 738 members (36% of whom are females).

  • Females are best represented in chicken and potato cooperatives. Not surprisingly, there are NO women in machinery groups.
  • While as a rule ENPARD-supported farmer groups are very small (less than 10 members on average), the largest coop consists of 31 members who are in the business of beekeeping and honey (apiculture)! The smallest (4 members) is in winemaking.

The 17th Annual World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, held March 14-18, 2016, at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington D.C., gathered stakeholders from government, the development community, private sector and academia to discuss land policy issues worldwide. ISET-PI was represented by Pati Mamardashvili, head of our Agricultural Policy Research Center (APRC).

Scaling up Responsible Land Governance was the main theme of this year’s conference. Participants shared the most effective practices of land policy design and lessons learned from policy implementation from around the world. How can governments ensure transparent, inclusive and sustainable land policies? How do technological progress and improved access to information contribute to more secure land tenure in developing countries? What is the relationship between the size of agricultural plots and productivity?

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